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Young people in North Ayrshire to auction upcycled furniture for Impact Arts!

Young people on our creative employability programme in Irvine are this week set to auction upcycled furniture to raise money for Impact Arts' programmes!

Wardrobes, tables, cabinets, chairs and mirrors will be going under the hammer at Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company at Heatherhouse Industrial Estate on Wednesday 6th December 2017 between 4pm and 6pm.

The group – all aged 16 and 17 and not in work or education - have been working with our artists Portia and Emmett to sand, paint and redesign old unwanted furniture in order to stop it going to landfill.

The project has been run in partnership with Cunninghame Housing Association’s furniture charity. They have provided the old furniture and the auction will be held at their premises.

Lauren, 16, has been taking part in the programme since the beginning of October.

She says: “We’ve been taking old furniture and working on it to get it to a standard that people will want to buy.

“After you’ve finished working on something, you feel great because you’ve made something that you can give to someone else to make use of.

“The course has been a big help for me. The staff go through your options, look at jobs and college places with you, and give you a better idea of what you want to do.

“It’s great that the money we raise will be going back to employment projects because there are young adults out there that need help finding out what to do with themselves.”

Nicola Wood is co-ordinating the project for Impact Arts.

She says: “It’s been great to have recycling as a big part of this project, as green issues are always really important for the young people we work with.”

“The young people have been brilliant. They have taken to the woodworking techniques and employment side of the course really well, and being able to sell their work at a public event will be great for their confidence.”

The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland, Inspiring Scotland, Tesco Bags of Help, Clydesdale Bank, Cunninghame Housing Association and Our Bright Future, which backs projects to get young people leading environmental change in their communities.

If you would like to attend on Wednesday, or would like more information, please contact Nicola Wood on 0141 575 3001 or email

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